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Interviewing with Intention: How to Ask Questions that Reveal a Prospective Employer's Commitment to DEI - Augustine Talent Group

Interviewing with Intention: How to Ask Questions that Reveal a Prospective Employer’s Commitment to DEI

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts have become increasingly important to job seekers in recent years. But while many companies tout their commitment to DEI, it can be challenging to determine whether their actions align with their words. This is where interviewing with intention comes in.

By asking thoughtful interview questions, candidates can accurately assess an organization’s values, culture, and action plans for creating a more equitable workplace. This can result in a better employee-employer match, helping to ensure a satisfying working relationship for both parties.

Interview Tips for Gauging an Employer’s Commitment to DEI

Conduct Pre-Interview Research

Before the interview, do some research into the company’s DEI initiatives. Check their website and social media pages to see if they have a diversity statement or any recent initiatives related to DEI. This will help you understand the company’s current stance on these issues and give you a starting point for your questions. For instance, if you see the company recently posted about International Women’s Day on their social channels, you could ask if they also donated to women’s advancement organizations or undertook other actions to recognize the holiday further.

Ask About the Hiring Process

An organization’s hiring processes often reveal its commitment to DEI initiatives, and it’s fair to ask about them during your interview. You might ask, “What steps does your organization take to ensure a diverse pool of candidates for open positions?” and “How does your organization evaluate and prevent bias in your hiring?” This will help you understand if the company has a system to seek out and evaluate diverse candidates actively.

Inquire About Employee Resource Groups

Another way to assess a company’s commitment to DEI is by asking about employee resource groups (ERGs). ERGs are organized groups of employees who come together around a shared identity, such as race, gender, or sexual orientation, to provide peer support and advocate for their community. You might ask questions such as, “Does your company have any employee resource groups?” and “How does your organization support and empower ERGs?” This will tell you how the company fosters community and belonging among employees from diverse backgrounds.

Bring Up the Company’s DEI Goals and Action Plans

The most straightforward strategy is directly asking your interviewer about their company’s DEI goals and action plans. You can do this by saying, “What specific steps is your organization taking to address diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace?” This will help you understand if the company has a clear plan for creating a more equitable workplace – or if they offer up vague platitudes.

Determine DEI Efforts with an Executive Recruiting Firm

If you’re unsure how to leverage your job interview to gauge an employer’s commitment to DEI, an executive recruiting firm can be a valuable resource. The skilled recruiters at Augustine Talent Group can help you identify companies that align with your values and guide you in asking the right questions during the interview process. Reach out to our team today to learn more.

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